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Workshops & Classes




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Tinkamel offers workshops for community projects, schools, museums, art galleries, festivals... for children, teenagers and adults.
Our workshops aim to spark critical thinking and creative problem solving, investigation of scientific phenomena and explore artistic creation.
If you are interested in us coming to your setting to run a workshop, do not hesitate to CONTACT Tinkamel.



NEXT WORKSHOPS



- ART AND TECHNOLOGY ADULT WORKSHOPS -
| Saw your circuit: Introduction to e-textile (electronic textile)
Wed 1st Nov, 19.00 - 21.00 @ The Doodle Bar, 60 Druid St, London SE1 2EZ
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- T(H)INKER CLUB 9-12 -
| Mini Speaker: Craft your mini speaker and learn about electricity & sound
bilingual technology, art & science workshops for 9 to 12 years old (French-English) Saturday 11 Nov, Quentin Blake Library, French Institute/ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
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- ART AND TECHNOLOGY ADULT WORKSHOPS -
| Light-up your Art: Festive card with a twist (Introduction to soft-circuits)
3D pop-up card with LED lights!
Wed 6th Dec, 19.00 - 21.00 @ The Doodle Bar, 60 Druid St, London SE1 2EZ
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- T(H)INKER CLUB 9-12 -
| Mini Speaker: Craft your mini speaker and learn about electricity & sound
bilingual technology, art & science workshops for 9 to 12 years old (French-English)
Saturday 11 Nov, Quentin Blake Library, French Institute/ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
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- INTRODUCTION TO MAKER TECHNOLOGIES FOR STAFF , Kent Library Service, Artefacto and MakerCart
Saturday 21st October, Ashford Library, Ashford, Kent, UK



- PARASOL UNIT FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART: E-TEXTILE WORKSHOP -
| The 2017 London Children’s Book Fair at Parasol unit: E-textile workshop
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is a not-for-profit art institution and educational charity that operates purely for the public benefit.
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW



- T(H)INKER CLUB 9-12 -
|Festive cards: 3D pop-up card with LED lights
bilingual technology, art & science workshops for 9 to 12 years old (French-English)
Saturday 16th December 2017, Quentin Blake Library, French Institute/ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
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- T(H)INKER CLUB 9-12 -
bilingual technology, art & science workshops for 9 to 12 years old (French-English)
Saturday 13th January 2018, Quentin Blake Library, French Institute/ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
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- T(H)INKER CLUB 9-12 -
bilingual technology, art & science workshops for 9 to 12 years old (French-English)
Saturday 3rd February 2018 Saturday 24th March 2018, Quentin Blake Library, French Institute/ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
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PAST WORKSHOPS



- DIGITAL DEN PROMOTIONAL AFTERNOON with Artefacto and MakerCart
Introduction to digital making for young people, Kent Library Service
Saturday 21st October, Ashford Library, Ashford, Kent, UK

- ART AND TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS: adult workshops -
Wed 4th October 2017 | Light up your art: Draw with conductive materials
19.00 - 21.00 @ The Doodle Bar, 60 Druid St, London SE1 2EZ

Kent Library Service – Digital Den Promotional Afternoon with Artefacto and MakerCart
Introduction to digital making for young people
Saturday 30th September, Sheerness Library, Isle of Sheppey, UK
- BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL 2017: Love is Power -
Light Up your Heart | Intro to wearable tech for 9-12 years old & for adults: design a simple electronic circuit and use conductive materials on fabric!
Thursday 19th Sept @ The Chocolate Museum, 187 Ferndale Road, London SW9 8BA>
Saturday 23rd Sept @ The Effraspace, 21 Effra Parade, London, SW2 1PX

- T(H)INKER CLUB 9-12: bilingual workshops for 9 to 12 years old (French-English) -
Technology, art, science workshops: scribble bots, e-paper (electronics on paper), e-textile (electronics on textile), levitation with magnets, kaleidoscopes, automata ...
Saturday 22nd April, 6th May, 3rd June, 16 Sept, Sat 14 Oct 2017
Quentin Blake Library, French Institute/ Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT

- BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL 2016-
Design a 3D pop-up card with a simple electronic circuit and LED on paper!
Sunday 18th & 25th September 2016
Edmundsbury Community Hall, 171 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FQ

- SUMMER TECHNOLOGY & ART WORKSHOPS -
Come and build your own automata 8, 15 & 22 August 2015, 2-4pm @ Art4Space studio, Stockwell, London

- TECHNOLOGY & CRAFT AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB: for children age 6 to 12 years old -
every Thursday, 4.15 and 5.15pm, term time only
Papa's Park, 10-17 Pulross Rd, London SW9 8AF

- HALLOWEEN WORKSHOPS -
Make a scary monster with eyes that glow in the dark (LED)
Saturday 24th & 31st October 2015, 2-4pm
Art4Space studio, Stockwell, London


BOOKING REQUIREMENTS:



If you are signing up to one of our workshops, please note that your place will only be booked once you have paid.
To take part to a workshop all participants must have a booking.
Please note that participants must be within the age range for the program they are signing up for at the time the program begins. Registrations that fall outside these parameters may be subject to cancellation.
If you want to receive all program-related correspondence, please contact us.



Parents/ Participants can be asked to complete a consent form and/or sign a media/photo consent form. Photos will only be used on the Tinkamel ltd website and for funding or call for artist applications (only if absolutely needed). We will ask you to fill consent forms prior to the program start.



CANCELLATION & REFUND:

A written notice of cancellation is required and needs to be delivered to Tinkamel ltd at least 7 days prior to the session start date to receive a refund (an admin fee of 25% of the ticket price will be retained by Tinkamel ltd).
While we will do our best to accommodate customers in extraordinary circumstances, T(h)ink! Club (Tinkamel ltd) will not refund payments for cancellations received less than 48 hours before the session start date.

Blog







About tinkering...

- November 2016 -
sculpture made with a salt shaker, a hand whisk and some blue LEDs


What happens when you try to fix the head of a whisk on the body of an old salt shaker?
Well, if you just leave it like that, unless you find a conceptual explanation, your thing is likely to eventually end up in the bin. Especially if a less receptive person comes across it insensitively. Have you learnt something in the making? Have you have had fun? If you can answer Yes! to one of these questions, then all is not lost or in vain.
Now, if you decided to add a few other bits and bobs to your peculiar assemblage, you could call it art! A sculpture.

The area where I leave is bubbly. If you take a stroll around the market, you come across a few little wonder shops crammed with the designs of local artists. A few weeks ago, I found inspiration there. It was not intentional. I am not crazy about (window) shopping. But that day, I just pushed the door and got in. Someone had designed jewellery using the inside of a watch. Eureka! I went home knowing what to do.
I added a little bit of this and that here and there, stripped some wires, fixed a few LEDs and... Ta-dah! The main idea was there. Of course, it needed a bit of tweaking everywhere for the final polishing touch, but it was done.

The moral of the story is not necessarily that one should (window) shop more often to find inspiration, but that inspiration comes from everywhere. But we all know that, don't we? What is interesting here is the role and impact of creative practice. Does creativity help us stay more attuned to inspiration when we come across it? Does it create a need and as a consequence a lust for answers?
That is why I find tinkering so appealing.

From the itinerant tinsmith who mended household utensils to today’s artisan hackers, makers, inventors and designers, tinkering is not new, but the concept has evolved. Yet, I believe it still stems from the same roots: need and ingenuity. It has become a form of art and exploration of unlimited fields. It gives a new meaning and beauty to everyday objects. Finally, it is about finding solutions with what you have available at hand. It is about learning, thinking, discovering, solving and creativity and often, it is fun.

Tinkers can get involve in the large online community of makers and hackers, work for their local community by developing accessible projects that benefit others, such as printing prosthetic 3D hands, as well as work independently. One way or another, the tinker embarks on a voyage of discovery to quench an insatiable curiosity and a yearning for answers.





Building an E-puppet!

- February 2017 -
How to build an e-puppet in pictures


If you find yourself with too many old socks, it has just started to rain and you (or your kids, if you happen to have some) are seriously bored, here is something you could do.
Find something that could act as an eye. If you want to add another one, find something similar or different. Do the same for the mouth!
If you happen to have a few electronics components as I do (but acknowledge the fact that not everyone does), grab as many LEDs as you have eyes, a metallic part for the mouth, conductive thread and a battery holder (even better if you have batteries, although this can be solved when it stops raining).
Follow the guidelines on the picture and make a twinkly puppet!

HAVE FUN!




The joy of making!

- April 2017 -
Tools engraved in wood


There are many words to describe the act of making and the person who does. One can be a maker, an artists, a craft-person, a tinker, a handy-person, an engineer, a potter, a scientist, a writer… the list goes on.
My point is that it usually does not matter what you call it. You put your mind and body into the act of creating something from something else.

Words can sometimes give a different meaning to the act. That's what words do. This can be positive. It describes accurately what and how you are making, to what purpose, what one specialises in, a craft, specialisation or a set of skills.
But words can sometimes spoil the act. They give a different sense of worth, a hierarchy. What is the craftsman in comparison to the artist, or the artist to the scientist? Words can be limiting. Prevent the person in the act from going beyond what traditionally falls into their craft or specialisation, when in fact we can find a lot of examples of people who can be described by many denominations. A neurologist and artist, a baker and automata maker.

Creating something new out of raw materials, whatever they be, is a liberating act. It can be a mode of expression and be built purposefully, meaningfully or not.
I like creating objects out of other objects, because I find them beautiful, I like their shapes or textures. Or I like the idea.

Whatever you create, making is a way to engage with the world. You have to understand how your materials behave, what tools you need to shape your creation, what are the different processes involved and somehow plan. Whether it is a view from the mind, a Eureka moment or just a put-things-together-and-see-what-comes-out experience, it is always a journey full of surprises. Your project might come out as a wondrous thing and reach far beyond your initial expectations or something to put aside and come back to later. When you'll have honed your skills. But whatever you do, you interact with your surroundings and above all, it's just another way to use your brain and solve problems! And that's the magic of it, that moment of utter joy, when all your efforts turn into a tangible reality and a ingenious creation.




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